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Can Duolingo actually teach you a language?

I know you're looking at the title thinking I'm dumb. I don't mean like can you learn words but will you be able to speak to natives? Can you go out there and say "I speak _" and translate some things? Can you have conversations and learn how to listen to others? Just wondering because I've recently started using Duolingo and wanted to know if it's worth the time?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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Of course it is worth the time. But learning a language is not like reading a book and getting to end and knowing everything in the universe. Unless you are especially skilled like some of these polyglots, you will be like a child and able to understand simple conversations but you must continue to practice and continue to learn, just like a child.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carlozzo

No I don't believe Duolingo can take you to a native level. But It's a great starting point for learning a language.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

That's cool. My native language is Portuguese and even here can maybe help me improve a little because I live in United States

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Duo will take you to a high beginner/ low intermediate level. Higher in reading and writing, lower in conversation. It is a good place to learn the basics, and many folks use other resources with and after using Duo. Worth the time? Yes. And certainly cost effective. But you are not going to land in France and carry on lengthy conversations with the locals based only on using Duo, IMO.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeroGoi
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I don't mean like can you learn words but will you be able to speak to natives?

Depends on how long you want to speak to them. I'd say that you can go out with a travel phrasebook right now and start speaking to natives. Will you sound like a native? No. Duolingo won't make you sound like a native or speak like one, but you will be able to speak to them with varying degrees of success. Hey, it works better than memorizing phrases from a textbook.

Can you go out there and say "I speak _" and translate some things?

Most likely. I can translate quite a few English words to German, I have my family test me sometimes on my abilities. Duolingo teaches you how to say "I speak ____" in many languages early on.

Can you have conversations and learn how to listen to others?

It depends on what you're willing to call a conversation. You can listen to others, but you might not understand 100% of what they say.

Duolingo is worth the time you put into it.

3 years ago

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Thanks for the info and advice

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/3a4ooo2a

don't want to bother you, but i really need your opinoin if you think that Duolingo can benefit the beginners, especially in German,in the matter of grammer?. Surely, you know how cmplicated German grammer is. Therefore, I think it's really useless for me in grammer. So is that right or i just can't benefit from Duolingo well. Glad to hear from you ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GregHullender
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It won't teach you grammar, but it will definitely drill you on grammar. I think that's it's most valuable function.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/3a4ooo2a

I agree with you, but i guess that some grammer lessons need to be understood first before doing exercises on it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeroGoi
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You should turn to outside sources to really explore grammar further.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/3a4ooo2a

it requires an intensive course or just some pretty internet sites does work ??

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

What would you recommend for learning German grammar? I'm thinking of moving to Germany and would like to learn the language before moving there. Any ideas?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GregHullender
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Actually, I think the right time to study a grammar lesson is after you've seen something confusing in the language and you want to hear an explanation. It's hard to read a long grammar description without being exposed to the language first. It's sort of a chicken-and-egg problem.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/3a4ooo2a

hahahahaha :D a great example :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anneka_j

i dont think you're dumb, its a perfectly real question. i wonder that too. Now, it actually can teach you pretty dang good! Good luck to you! Happy learning haha. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

I added that part just in case haha. I see you're learning Spanish, pretty important language where I live and lots of people speak it. I might learn it but not anytime soon. Enjoy your learning ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anneka_j

thx

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dondanz

The effectiveness of DL is different for each person. Some people just pick up language naturally, others struggle. The easy answer to your question is, "yes." But, let's assume the answer is no. DL certainly won't have any detrimental effect. At worst, it is a starting place, a building block, a structure on which you can build...a great and free tool which combined with other tools (Memrise, Fluenz, Pimsleur, YouTube, Rocket, Bable, etc.) and a lot of time and effort and you will accomplish your goal. So, yeah, it is worth the time.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pilustre
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It's a good start.

2 years ago